Forage and Feast
When: May 17th, 5:30-8:30pm; May 20th, 5:30-8:30pm (same program, choose one)
Where: Poughkeepsie Farm Project
Fee: $35 (nonmembers), $30 (PFP members)
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Join ethnobiologist and functional herbalist Hayden Stebbins for a walk through our farm fields and gardens to see the world in a way most people have only recently forgotten. During this walk, we will learn about common introduced and native plants, how to identify them by family, and their edible, medicinal, or poisonous properties. Participants will harvest edible plants along the walk to prepare a multi-course meal combining the harvest with regular food. This will include a wild plant pesto, hummus, a couple of teas and an extra dish depending on what plants and mushrooms are found.
If you would like to take notes (there will be a lot of information shared), bring a notepad and pen. Wear appropriate clothing for a relaxed walk and weather, but most importantly, bring a big appetite and a curious mind!
Hayden Stebbins is an ethnobiologist based out of Brooktondale, NY (outside of Ithaca), sustainable food production teacher, clinical herbalist, and amateur mycologist. Hayden offers herbal consults, public events, botanical surveys for properties, and foraging, botany, and mycology classes for all ages. He also is co-owner of Suntrap Botanical, and herbal products business that uses herb and food production to revitalize the ecology of landscapes.
Hayden grew up in Connecticut, graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Science of Natural and Environmental Systems, and earned his MS from Schumacher College in England in Sustainable Horticulture and Food Production. He has shadowed ethnobotanist Marc Williams (Director of botanyeveryday.com and Plants and Healers International, and editor of Botany in a Day) in Asheville, NC, taught about edible and medicinal plants and mushrooms up and down the eastern seaboard, and completed the full-time clinical herbalism program at the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine.